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    GIANT TRIASSIC REPTILE SKULL SECTION
    Metoposaurus diagnostics kweichowensis
    Late Triassic
    Krasiejow, Poland
    This curious-looking specimen is the rare skull plate from a Metoposaur, a giant salamander-like amphibian that lived at the end of the Triassic Period 200 million years ago. Despite its short, weak legs it was a predatory creature, using its cavernous mouth to scoop up fish and demolishing them with an array of fine sharp teeth. As an amphibian, it had lungs instead of gills and like the lung fish it could withstand seasonal water shortages by laying dormant in the exposed river mud; it is further notable for being one of the first amphibians to develop an otic notch, the membrane-covered opening that acts like an ear to detect airborne sounds (although recent scholarship disputes this function). Most Metoposaur skulls are found as small scattered fragments, but the present example comprises large sections most likely from the same individual with only 10-15% restoration. It is extremely well-preserved with highly textured bone quality and exhibits fine contrasting detail on both upper and lower surfaces. It displays little distortion and features well-defined eye and nasal sockets, and measures 14 x 11 inches. Comes complete with a custom metal display stand and oak base, 12 5/8 inches high overall.


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    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
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